• Short Summary

    Fighting the elusive guerrilla or the North Vietnamese regular in Vietnam is, for the most part, a war of patrol and ambush.

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    Men and equipment awaiting helicopters for embarkation

    Men getting aboard helos, helos taking off

    Marines landing, moving out on sweep

    Marines under fire

    Marines firing rocket launcher, rocket impacting on target

    Jet aircraft making low pass over jungle

    Marines firing mortar shells at enemy positions

    Jets making air strikes on enemy positions


    NOTE TO EDITORS: 105 16mm color master released to NBC-TV for servicing TV and theatrical pool members. Original material to be forwarded within 72 hours to: Pictorial Center, 35-11 35th Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11106.
    Official U.S. Marine Corps Film Released by Department of Defense

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Fighting the elusive guerrilla or the North Vietnamese regular in Vietnam is, for the most part, a war of patrol and ambush. Large unit operations are the exception, but patrols are almost constant in an effort to locate "Charlie" and pin him down.

    Before embarking on a patrol action sweep near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Vietnam, these Marines check their gear, clean their weapons, and conduct an intensive map study of the area.

    When helicopters arrive to lift these Marines from L Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, the men board the CH-46 Sea Knights and the lift-off is quickly accomplished. This time, its only a short flight to the Cam Le area where the Marines debark and prepare to move out.

    As the Marines move through elephant grass and down well-used trails toward in the initial objective, a firefight develops as harassing enemy sniper fire is received by the Marines. They move quickly to the attack, using M-14 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and 3.5 rocket launchers. In addition, the Marines call in air strikes on the enemy, pinpointing the positions for the pilots with mortar shells.

    Here the Marines use a combination punch of air and ground firepower to rout the enemy from his defensive positions.

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